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ELKINGTON & CO LTD (worked from c.1829) Full Bio

A Gilt & Silver Plated Roman Lamp Inkwell on Stand

ELKINGTON & CO LTD (worked from c.1829) Full Bio

A Gilt & Silver Plated Roman Lamp Inkwell on Stand

REF No. B73900

England, Circa 1845

H   16 cm | 6 in
W   32 cm | 12 in
D   24 cm | 9 in

George Richards Elkington and Henry Elkington joined together in 1829 at the time of the industrial revolution, and very soon afterwards became the originators of silver-plating. By the 1830's they had patented their various processes.

In 1868, Queen Victoria permitted much of the royal plate to be copied by Elkington's and after that a convention was entered into by "several Princes of the reigning families of Europe" whereby they agreed mutually to assist the company in allowing copies of their own national objects for the process of art.

As a result of its excellence in artistic quality and fine design Elkington & Co received the highest possible awards at all the Great International Exhibitions. Their stand at the 1851 Great Exhibition was highlighted for particular mention in the catalogue of the Exhibition, in which it is stated that, 'The Stall of Messrs. Elkington is another justification of our adhering to what is beautiful for its own sake, independent of all other considerations; the reproduction of Pompeian and other ancient forms in this stall, … old as they are, strike the eye with an extraordinary degree of freshness..'.

The company was also awarded the Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic and the distinction and honour of holding Royal Warrants to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, King George V, Queen Mary and King George VI, as well as the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) and H.R.H. the late Princess Christian and their late majesties the King of Spain and King of Italy.

Elkington were the suppliers of flatware to the Titanic, The Queen Mary and other ships in the White Star Line fleet, and in later years Elkington cutlery was on display in the Royal Yacht Britannia's banqueting room.

The firm employed artists and designers from England and abroad. Among the famous sculptors associated with Elkington's were Albert Toft, A.C. Lucchesi and John Bell. Large statues made at Elkington can be seen at the Holborn Viaduct in London and examples of their more typical silverwork are in the collection of the museum in Birmingham.

Bibliography:
Rainwater, D., Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturer, Sheiffer Publishing, (Pennsylvania), 1986.

Artist Biography

George Richards Elkington and Henry Elkington joined together in 1829 at the time of the industrial revolution, and very soon afterwards became the originators of silver-plating. By the 1830's they had patented their various processes.

In 1868, Queen Victoria permitted much of the royal plate to be copied by Elkington's and after that a convention was entered into by "several Princes of the reigning families of Europe" whereby they agreed mutually to assist the company in allowing copies of their own national objects for the process of art.

As a result of its excellence in artistic quality and fine design Elkington & Co received the highest possible awards at all the Great International Exhibitions. Their stand at the 1851 Great Exhibition was highlighted for particular mention in the catalogue of the Exhibition, in which it is stated that, 'The Stall of Messrs. Elkington is another justification of our adhering to what is beautiful for its own sake, independent of all other considerations; the reproduction of Pompeian and other ancient forms in this stall, … old as they are, strike the eye with an extraordinary degree of freshness..'.

The company was also awarded the Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic and the distinction and honour of holding Royal Warrants to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, King George V, Queen Mary and King George VI, as well as the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) and H.R.H. the late Princess Christian and their late majesties the King of Spain and King of Italy.

Elkington were the suppliers of flatware to the Titanic, The Queen Mary and other ships in the White Star Line fleet, and in later years Elkington cutlery was on display in the Royal Yacht Britannia's banqueting room.

The firm employed artists and designers from England and abroad. Among the famous sculptors associated with Elkington's were Albert Toft, A.C. Lucchesi and John Bell. Large statues made at Elkington can be seen at the Holborn Viaduct in London and examples of their more typical silverwork are in the collection of the museum in Birmingham.

Bibliography:
Rainwater, D., Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturer, Sheiffer Publishing, (Pennsylvania), 1986.

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